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A liturgical prayer consisting of three Scriptural passages (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:13-21, and Numbers 15:37-41) recited twice daily by observant Jews, especially Jewish men, to affirm their faith.

[Hebrew šəma', hear (the first word of Deuteronomy 6:4), imperative of šāma', to hear; see šmʕ in Semitic roots.]


1. (Judaism) the central statement of Jewish belief, the sentence "Hear, O Israel: the Lord is your God; the Lord is One" (Deuteronomy 6:4)
2. (Judaism) the section of the liturgy consisting of this and related biblical passages, Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 and Numbers 15:37–41, recited in the morning and evening prayers and on retiring at night
[Hebrew, literally: hear]


(ʃəˈmɑ, ʃmɑ)

Judaism. an important liturgical prayer recited at the morning and evening services, affirming the Jewish people's faith in God.
[< Hebrew shəma‘ listen!]
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Noun1.Shema - a liturgical prayer (considered to be the essence of Jewish religion) that is recited at least twice daily by adult Jewish males to declare their faith; "as soon as Leonard learned to talk he was taught to recite the first words of the Shema, the creed of Judaism which originated on Sinai with Moses and is recited daily"
prayer - a fixed text used in praying
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